Tanami Road

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Tanami Road is the shortest and most memorable route from the Kimberley to the Red Centre. On this two-day 4WD adventure traversing the Tanami Desert, you’ll gaze in awe at the world’s second largest meteorite crater, discover some of the most remote art galleries on Earth and spot an incredible array of birdlife.

From Halls Creek, follow the Great Northern Highway west to reach the turning for Tanami Road and begin the 797-kilometre drive to Alice Springs. Pick up a guide book and camping permit information at Halls Creek Travel and Tourism Centre. Your first big highlight is Wolfe Creek Crater National Park - one of Australia’s most remarkable outback landscapes. Walk to the crater rim and take in the incredible panorama of this 880-metre-wide meteorite crater, believed to have been created over 300,000 years ago.

A short detour to Lake Gregory and Lake Stretch will reward nature lovers with the chance to spot some of the 70-plus species of waterbirds recorded at these internationally renowned wetlands. Stop by the Balgo Aboriginal Community to meet some of the 300 artists that proudly exhibit their fine art, etchings, photography, film and music as part of the Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation.


  • Four-wheel driving
  • Sight-seeing
  • Camping
  • Scenic drive


  • Free camping sites with toilets at Wolfe Creek Crater National Park

Important Information


  • The best time to visit the park is from May to October, when the weather is fine and temperatures are moderate. The park is generally only accessible to conventional vehicles during the dry season.
  • No water is available so please bring ample supplies with you.
  • Leave rocks and cultural artefacts as you find them.
  • No bins are provided so please take your rubbish with you.
  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the local visitor information centre's in Alice Springs or Halls Creek before you plan and set off on your journey for the most up to date information.
  • Stay safe and get the most out of your visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements when outside exploring.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • National park fees may apply for national parks in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Check the parks website for bookings and/ or further details.
  • Entry fees may change at anytime at the discretion of WA & NT Parks and Wildlife Services, check their website for the most up to date information.

When you are entering the Kimberley or Pilbara regions, you are entering crocodile country. Two species of crocodile occur in Western Australia: the estuarine (or saltwater) crocodile and the freshwater crocodile. The estuarine crocodile is the largest living reptile and is considered to be a dangerous predator. Freshwater crocodiles are smaller and not as aggressive. Be CROCWISE in Western Australia's north. For more information on Be CROCWISE see www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise 

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Tanami Road

Address: Tanami Road, Mueller Ranges, Western Australia 6770

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